During one of my power connections this week, I had an interesting (no, that's too vanilla), I had a rich, peek-behind-the-curtain conversation where I felt like I was projectile vomiting all of the heaviness that had overtaken me. Lately, I've been feeling overwhelmed by the noise of life. You know what I mean? Everything just seems SO loud.
Donald Trump and his brand is LOUD.
Hillary Clinton and her brand is LOUD.
Too many news reports about police officers shooting African Americans are LOUD.
Too many five-minutes-of-famers vying for attention are LOUD.
The skirmishes and deeply saddening loss of life all around the world is LOUD.
I wish I could just wrap myself around that big 'ol knob and just turn the volume WAY down, all the way down.
My heart cries for those who are losing loved ones around the world where fear and scarcity seem to have a strong hold.
I've been longing for a trip into nature to just reconnect, listen to the birds and the sounds of the woods. Just get away, just for a short time to escape all of the noise, get away from all of the LOUD to reconnect with what's truly important.
Because all of this LOUDNESS just isn't the answer.
Hmmm...maybe the goal isn't to find an answer. Could there be some hidden lesson in it all?
I'm actually sick and tired of being sick and tired of media irresponsibility. Tearing through stories. Misreporting facts. Misrepresenting people's experiences. Shamelessly spinning the truth with seemingly no conscious.
Are you tired of all of this too? It's exhausting, right?
I feel like sitting on the side of the curb with my hands over my ears and my eyes (but I only have two), hoping, waiting for somebody, anybody to just turn the volume down.
I don't usually write feelings on my sleeves posts like this one, but the times are a changin' for me, AGAIN (and as usual, I love it!).
My professional attention has shifted to fully supporting and passionately advocating for students.
And, I've decided to rebrand Inside the Crayon Box as my personal etch a sketch.
A place where I can write my heart, then give it a hefty shake, readying the screen for other observations, other heart on my sleeve moments, other cheers and happy dances when I see responses of love versus re-actions of fear.
I want to talk about what's unfolding, not only outside of me, but inside as well.
Something seems to be simmering to what may be a boiling point and I want to contribute, not to the LOUDness, but to what I hope is thought-provoking, positive, nourishing, joyful dialog that promotes personal self-expression.
So, here I go.
I'm always compelled to get to my raw these days, but every time I think I've arrived, the line moves.
Do you ever feel like this?
My first big attempt to get to raw was my Soul Adventure week in Sedona, AZ about a decade ago.
Thought I got to my raw...nope.
A couple of years ago, I participated in a 10-day Vipassana Meditation Retreat where we spent nine of those days silent. It was THE hardest and most liberating, probably THE MOST nourishing and comforting activity for my soul that I've had the rare privilege to experience as an adult.
Thought I got to my raw...nope.
And, there have been and continue to be other attempts, but again, the line seems to keep moving.
For me, it's about getting to a place from time to time where there's no LOUDness, just peace, silence, connectedness, appreciation & beauty. That kind of perfect beauty you see on a postcard. And, energetically the kind of deep, ascending resonance that seems to be in short supply these days.
But it's really not. There's an abundance, we just have to look for it. And, we really don't have to look very far.
There are SO many wonder-filled and amazing things happening all around us when we choose to turn down the noise and refocus.
It's about where we put our focus, perhaps how we frame things.
I wonder how we can all get to raw.
We all seem SO done right now. Well done with SO much, with everything.
How do we get to raw? How do we refresh? How do we reboot?
I'm NOT talking about some extreme solution where we exclude, eliminate, eradicate, or wipe the slate clean.
That doesn't honor our humanity.
Have you noticed the surge of dystopian, apocalyptic and utopian movie choices that don these subjects like The Purge, The Divergent Series, Hunger Games, etc?
One theme is where some supposed lover of humanity has a brilliant plan to kill off part of the population or all of it to start over, and of course, with him or her left standing with their band of cronies to start again.
Nope, no starting again by exclusion, elimination, eradication or wiping the slate clean.
How about just figuring out how we get to raw while respecting and validating the complexities of who we are and what we truly require and desire to flourish?
My guess is that some want this as much as I do.
My guess is that others may not, for a variety of reasons.
We all have freedom of choice, which is awesome, right?
But I'm ever curious, how do we get to raw?
Is it even possible?
Aspiring Sage, Creative Maven, Fancier of Books, Guardian of Student Experiences, Inner Explorer, Lover of Living & Learning, Partisan of Play, Princess of Joy, Purveyor of Possibility, Vibrational Recalibrator.